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Bumblebee Writer Christina Hodson Explains Film’s 80’s Setting & Its Inspiration

Screenshot from Bumblebee Official Teaser Trailer/Paramount Pictures

Bumblebee Writer Christina Hodson Explains Film’s 80’s Setting & Its Inspiration

Paramount Pictures unveiled some new footage from the highly anticipated Transformers spin-off Bumblebee movie at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Bumblebee’s Hall H panel had a complete 80s feel with a laser show and live performance of “You Got the Touch” by Stan Bush.

Director Travis Knight along with stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and John Cena, were all in attendance to showcase the exclusive footage that expanded on the film’s teaser trailer rolled out two months ago. It mainly focused on the relationship between Bumblebee and Charlie, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Decepticons Blitzwing, Shatter, and Dropkick were also showcased in the footage.

You can check out the brand new Bumblebee poster below.

Notably, the upcoming film is going back to the 80s to tell Bumblebee’s origin story. The prequel film takes place in 1987 almost twenty years before the events of the first Transformers film.

During an interview with Screen Rant at Comic-Con, Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson opened up about the reasons for the Transformers spinoff’s 1980s setting. Hodson revealed that the main reason for giving the film an 80’s setting was to pay tribute to the original “Generation 1” animated series, The Transformers, which ran from 1984 to 1987. The writer added that Transformers massive popularity in the 1980’s also made sense to set the film during that time.

Honestly, I want to tell a pretty timeless story with this one,” Hodson said. “I grew up on Amblin movies. I always loved the way those movies did kind of feel timeless. They felt like they could exist anytime, anyone in this small town that felt almost like a bubble. And the 80’s felt like a natural fit. I grew up in the 80’s. It’s when Transformers became a big thing. It’s when a lot of people fell in love with Bumblebee, so it made sense to do it then.”

The Transformers spin-off film will see the titular character team up with Steinfeld’s Charlie to battle against John Cena’s villainous, anti-Autobot Agent Burns. It is said that the fan-favorite Optimus Prime will also appear for a cameo in the film.

Bumblebee is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2018.

Source: Screen Rant

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